Loren Roberts – recognised as one of the world’s finest putters and affectionately known as 'the boss of the moss' – fired an opening 64 in the Buick Classic at Westchester to take a one stroke first round lead.
His seven under par score is just ahead of Jerry Kelly and two better than Michael Muehr and Bob Heintz.
Tiger Woods is preparing for next week’s US Open in New York by relaxing at his Florida home but the defending major champion Retief Goosen looked sharp in carding a 67 at Westchester.
Sergio Garcia had a 68 and Ed Fryatt an even par 71 but Olazabal and Jimenez will have to improve on their 72 and 73 to make the cut. It’s a similar story for Per Ulrick Johansson (72) and Luke Donald (73).
*Karrie Webb was in a strong lead at five under par after 15 holes, when heavy rain brought a premature end to the first round of the women’s first major of the year, the MacDonald’s LPGA Championship in Wilmington, Delaware.
Catriona Matthew from Scotland, however, was home and dry with a one under par 70 to hold a share of eighth place. Not such good news for Janice Moodie and Laura Davies. They were four and five over par respectively after 14 holes.